Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Covent Garden Punch and Judy Show

Covent Garden 

There was a celebration going on in Covent Garden  last Sunday the 13th may it was a celebration of 350 years of Punch and  Judy. I am drawn to Convent Garden I visit there time and time again when I am in London. And I am nervous of crowds really so Convent Garden seem a odd choice for someone who is nervous of crowds.

Long a staple of British seaside entertainment, the characters from the Punch and Judy puppet show are also linked to the centre of London. Samuel Pepys mentioned the puppet show taking place in Covent Garden back in 1662 and since then the market area has been the spiritual home of the terribly behaved menace to society. The tale of his misdemeanours, 
gruesome antics and occasional murders have delighted children and adults! ever since.

 Punch and Judy puppet show

The church yard of St Paul's was bough alive with shows from around the world there was an incredible array of interpretation on this story. There is always heckling at a Punch and Judy event .. not much different from the Houses of Commons then !

 Maypole dancing

As well as the short puppet shows I immerse myself by watching  maypole dancing, live music The church was open for those who wanted to go in it. The weather was glorious,and it was a beautiful way to spend an afternoon, comparing the different ways the same story can be interpreted by the 'professors' (puppeteers).

Early Jubilee fun

A very handy man

"Let's shake on it!"

The photographer laying down a challenge

Sadly the Pirate got annoyed and shot the photographer ( not really)

You are having a giraffe


  1. That does look like a good event. I love Covent Garden too, not been for years but have fond memories of all the street acts out on the pavement - do they still do that? Thanks for sharing your adventures on Country Kids

  2. Yes they still do the Street acts on the pavements its a really fun and vibrant place to be.


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